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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q1: What programs are available in English?

The programs below are offered in English-medium for undergraduate level studies.

Q2: It says that all the classes are taught in English, but can I take classes in Japanese?

In the Global Studies Major (College of International Relations) and the Community and Regional Policy Studies Major (College of Policy Science), students can take the classes taught in Japanese within respective Colleges if his/her Japanese level is satisfactory.

Q3: I'm interested in the Master’s/Doctoral programs. Where can I find information?

Please visit the international graduate admisions HERE.


Q1: Can I transfer credits that I earned from another school?

English-medium Undergraduate Programs do not accept transfer credits. If you wish to enroll in these programs, you will have to start from your first year.

Q2: I only possess Japanese nationality. Which admission method can I apply to?

For April Enrollment
Students who posses only Japanese nationality can apply for our admission method (AO Admissions (English Basis)) if they have graduated or is scheduled to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located outside Japan or international/ foreign schools located in Japan.

For information regarding 帰国生徒(外国学校就学経験者)入学試験 and AO選抜入学試験, visit HERE (Japanese only).

For September Enrollment:
Students of any nationality may apply for the September Enrollment through the 'September AO Admissions (English Basis)'.

Major Enrollment
College of International Relations,
Global Studies Major
(GS Major)
April September
College of International Relations,
Joint Degree Program
(JD Program)
College of Policy Science,
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major
(CRPS Major)
College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course
(ISSE Course)
College of Global Liberal Arts
April September

Q3: I have dual nationality. Which admission method can I apply to?

You can apply for April Enrollment (through 'April AO Admissions (English Basis)') for GS Major/JD Program/ISSE Course/GLA and September Enrollment (through 'September AO Admissions (English Basis)') for GS Major/CRPS Major/GLA.
Please note that you may not be eligible for some scholarships which can be awarded to international students with a 'Student' visa only.

Admissions of English-medium Undergraduate Programs are following.

Major Enrollment
College of International Relations,
Global Studies Major
(GS Major)
April September
College of International Relations,
Joint Degree Program
(JD Program)
College of Policy Science,
Community and Regional Policy Studies Major
(CRPS Major)
College of Information Science and Engineering,
Information Systems Science and Engineering Course
(ISSE Course)
College of Global Liberal Arts
April September

Q4: Is there a maximum age limit for applying to the English-medium Undergraduate Programs?

No. There is no maximum age limit for students applying for English-medium Undergraduate Programs.

Q5: Can I apply more than once? / Can I apply to multiple programs?

Yes. Students may apply in more than one application period. However, students must submit a new set of application and pay a separate application fee for each application. Please visit HERE for details.

Q6: Is "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" required for English-medium Undergraduate Programs?

No. International students are not required to submit EJU scores for application to English-medium Undergraduate Programs.
International students who are looking to apply for the Japanese-medium Degree Programs will be required to submit their EJU scores. For admissions information about Japanese-medium Degree Programs, please visit HERE (Japanese only).

Q7: Do the letter(s) of reference need to be written in the provided format?

No. Teachers may use the template (available HERE) or use their own format.

Q8: What if my high school does not issue a Certificate of Scheduled High School Graduation?

If your school does not issue a Certificate of Scheduled High School Graduation, please ask the school to write a letter indicating your name, date of birth, scheduled graduation date with the school stamp and/or principal/headmaster’s signature. If necessary, a template for 'Certificate of (Scheduled) High School Graduation' is available HERE.

Q9: I have graduated from / am enrolled in a university. Do I need to submit the transcripts of my university?

Students must submit transcripts of all grades of senior secondary education (high school, junior college, polytechnics, etc.) or certificate of results of International Baccalaureate, Baccalaureate, Abitur or GCE A-Level. Submission of university transcripts is voluntary.

*Except for the JD Program application, students are required to submit the transcripts for four years of secondary/high school(s) (grades 9,10,11 and 12 or equivalent).
e.g., All grades of your senior high school AND the third year of your junior high school

Q10: Secondary school in my country integrates G7 to G12. Do I need to submit all 6 years of transcripts?

Students need to submit ONLY transcripts of SENIOR secondary school. If your senior secondary school has 3 (or 2, 4) years of education, please submit 3 (or 2, 4) years of transcripts accordingly.

*This does not apply to students applying to the JD Program. Please refer to "9. Academic Transcripts" in the Application Handbook (available HERE).

Q11: Do all the applicants need to submit English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC)?

Submission of English test scores is not required for applicants who fulfill the waiver criteria stated 3. English Language Proficiency.

Q12: Is there an expiration date for English Proficiency Test Scores?

The English tests must have been taken within the two-year period before the start date of the application period*1 that the applicant applies for and the test score must be available during the application period.

*1 For information on the valid period of the English Language Test scores for GLA, RU applicants must comply with the rules as stated in the RU Application Handbook rather than the ANU Policy.

Q13: Is the application fee refundable?

No, application fee is non-refundable. It is a mandatory fee to be considered for admission and required for all applicants.

Q14: Is there any scholarship that covers the application fee?

No. Currently, there is no scholarship that covers the application fee. The application fee is required for all applicants.

Q15: How can I pay the application fee?

The application fee can be paid by the following methods.

  • Credit card
  • Convenience Store (*only available for applicants in Japan)
  • PayPal
  • Alipay
  • Yen-denominated wire transfer

For more detail, please refer to "7. Application Procedure, (3) Application Fee" in the Application Handbook (available HERE).

Q16: Can I complete my application online? Or do I have to send the documents by post?

In general, the application can be completed online via our online application system, "Ritsu-Mate," except for letter(s) of Reference.

Documents that are officially sealed in an envelope by the issuing body should be sent by post directly to the University instead of being uploaded to Ritsu-Mate. The documents must be postmarked or collected by the courier service by the application deadlines

For details of application, please consult the Application Handbook and Ritsu-Mate Manual (available HERE).

Q17: Some of my documents might be late and arrive after the application period. What should I do?

Deadlines cannot be extended. Be sure to submit your application by indicated deadlines (see 2. Check Application Period).

  • Documents to be uploaded via Ritsu-Mate:
    They must be uploaded by 11:00 PM (Japan Standard Time) on the last day of each application period.

  • Documents sent by email:
    They must be sent out by the last date of each application period.

  • Documents sent by post:
    They must be postmarked or collected by courier service on each application period deadline.
    *Documents postmarked or collected by the courier service by the relevant application deadline, are accepted even if arrival at Ritsumeikan is after indicated deadline.
    *Please note that the University will NOT accept application which are postmarked after the end of each application period.

Q18: When do I need to upload the required documents by?

Applicants must upload all required documents and complete their application on Ritsu-Mate by 11:00 PM (JST) on the last day of each application period.

Q19: Can I apply now and defer (hold off) enrollment for a year?

No. When you make an application to Ritsumeikan University, you have to apply in the application period for intended enrollment dates. If you decide after being accepted that you wish to change your enrollment date, you cannot defer your enrollment but must cancel your acceptance and re-apply.

Q20: What is the minimum grade / GPA I should have to be accepted?

Decisions are based on an overall holistic assessment. There are no minimum grades/GPA requirements set for applicants.

Financial Matters

Q1: Where can I find scholarship information?

Please visit HERE to find more detailed information.

As of 2021 Enrollment (Spring and Fall), International students (students who will hold the status of residence of "student" while studying at Ritsumeikan University) will receive a tuition reduction through the RU Tuition Reduction Scholarship.
International students in English-medium Undergraduate programs are typically guaranteed at least a 20% reduction, with 50% and 100% tuition reductions offered to the most outstanding applicants.
The tuition reduction is offered initially for one year, based on students’ admission evaluation. For second and subsequent years, the tuition reduction is awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study.

*Details on scholarships may change from year to year.

For other scholarships
Other scholarships information can be found in the following links:

Q2: How do I apply for the Ritsumeikan University Tuition Reduction Scholarship?

There is no separate scholarship application when applying for admission, but you should indicate on the registration form that you wish to be considered for the scholarship.
The tuition reduction is offered initially for one year, based on students’ admission evaluation. For second and subsequent years, the tuition reduction is awarded based on students’ grades during the previous year of study.

*There are also scholarships which students can apply for, after they are enrolled at RU. For scholarships that can be applied after enrollment, detailed information will be announced at orientation, at the beginning of enrollment in first semester.

Q3: When will I know the amount of reduction I will receive?

Notification of the scholarship award, is sent to the successful applicants along with their admission result.


Q1: What are the key features of Ritsumeikan University?

Ritsumeikan University is a leading private university in Japan. It would be hard to list everything we have done and will be doing here in the FAQ page. Our main university’s web page details a vast amount of information. We recommend going through the university's web page. If you would like a glance at our university, take a look at this interactive site HERE.

Q2: What is the relationship between Ritsumeikan University (RU) and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)?

Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan APU are different universities but both are a part of the Ritsumeikan Academy. RU and APU offer different undergraduate and graduate programs, also admission methods for the two universities are completely separate. However, as part of the same academy, RU has a close relationship with APU.

Q3: How can I find out more about the Ritsumeikan Academy?

Please refer to the University’s official website.

Q4: How many international students are at Ritsumeikan university?

Please refer to Ritsumeikan University at a Glance.

School Life

Q1: Student Life and Career Support

Please refer to the following links.

Q2: Are students in the English-medium Undergraduate Programs able to join student exchange programs with RU’s overseas partner universities?

Ritsumeikan University runs exchange and study abroad programs with over 150 partner institutions around the world. In addition, RU operates the Dual Undergraduate Degree Program (DUDP), in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees from both RU and universities outside Japan.
If international students (except students of JD Program and GLA) fulfill the requirements, they can join student exchange programs with our partner institutions or join the DUDP.
For more information on study abroad, please visit HERE.

*This information is not applicable for students of JD Program and GLA. These programs are designed to study in our partner universities as part of the whole curriculum.

Q3: Does the University provide accommodation to international students?

Accommodation in a furnished apartment on or off-campus dormitory is available for international students in the English-medium Undergraduate Programs. Style of accommodation depends on which campus the student is based for study.

Monthly fees: approximately 41,000 to 60,000 Japanese Yen

For more information on accommodation, please visit HERE.

Q4: Is it possible to find accommodation on my own?

The University arranges accommodation for international students on English-medium Undergraduate Programs who request for it. If students wish to look for accommodation on their own, they may certainly do this. Please be aware, however, that many letting agents may not speak English and all documents and contracts will be in Japanese. Unless you are fluent in Japanese, it may be difficult to arrange for accommodation. Additionally, if you rent accommodation in private housing sector, you should expect to pay the equivalent of several months' rents in key money, deposit etc.

Q5: Can I do a part-time job?

International students are allowed to have part-time jobs both on-campus and off-campus in Japan for limited hours according to Japanese law.

To have a part time job with the student resident status, you must obtain a "Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted" (Work Permit). You can apply for this at the airport when you enter Japan or later at the Immigration Office.
You should be aware that there are limits on the number of hours per week you can work and also types of part-time jobs you can do.

Q6: Are extra-curricular activities available?

Ritsumeikan University has a long tradition of sport and other extra-curricular activities for both native Japanese and international students alike. With over 450 teams, clubs, and circles, students are bound to find extra-curricular activities that will not only help round out their academic experience at Ritsumeikan University, but also allow for them to make connections with other students while enjoying a variety of activities.
The information on HERE is helpful.

Q7: Are campus visits available?

Currently the university is closed for visitors due to an abundance of measures related to COVID 19 precautions.
Yes. We can typically arrange visits between 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Visits usually last 60 to 90 minutes. It would be appreciated if you could tell us which college(s) you are interested in.
For your request for campus visit(s), please contact us in advance via email or Inquiry Form (see Contact below).


International Admissions Office

56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577 JAPAN

Note: Before sending your inquiry
Your questions may have already been answered in the above-mentioned column.
Please check FAQ on this page before submitting your questions.

- Information Request Form
You may submit your questions by filling out the online form provided below.
Information Request Form
*This form is only for the English-medium undergraduate degree programs.

- Send email
Or email us at:
hello[at]st.ritsumei.ac.jp (please replace [at] with @)

* For other degree programs, such as Graduate Programs or Short-Term exchange programs at Ritsumeikan University, please find contact details HERE.

* For further inquiries regarding University Entrance Eligibility visit HERE